MY EDUCATION AND CREDENTIALS
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Washington. I earned a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University of Fullerton and was awarded a Professional Promise Award at the graduation ceremony.
At Angels Counseling, I provide professional marriage counseling, individual counseling, child therapy and family therapy in Vancouver, Washington and surrounding areas.
I received training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy from Dr. Sue Johnson, the founder of Emotionally Focused Therapy, Dr. Brent Bradley and James Furrow. I am also a member of the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy.
I have been successfully applying Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy for more than 8 years, during which time I have helped many couples heal their relationship and rebuild a loving bond.
In addition to couples counseling, I provide individual counseling to men and women, helping them address a variety of issues, such as relationship problems, depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, anger, drug, alcohol addiction and other challenges.
With more than twenty years of experience working with children and adolescents, who experienced trauma, I am proud to say that I was able to help them heal and start enjoying childhood again.
By utilizing play therapy, art therapy and other therapeutic modalities, I help children and adolescents heal from trauma, develop effective communication skills, improve behavior and reconnect with their inner strengths.
As a wife and a mother of a 26-year old son, I understand how important relationships are to our happiness and overall well-being.
I am passionate about helping couples and families heal and restore their relationships. Seeing couples and families restoring connection with their loved ones makes my work incredibly fulfilling and satisfying.
WHAT INSPIRED ME TO BECOME A COUNSELOR
I see the profession of a marriage and family counselor as one that brings fulfillment and meaning into my life by helping others. It is my career and mission.
Experiences in my own life sparked a desire to help people in need and have led me to become a marriage and family therapist.
My personal background has significantly influenced my decision of pursuing the profession of a marriage and family therapist. I was born in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1968. My values and believes were built upon the interactions with my aunt, who was a like a second mother to me. She taught me such values as kindness, honesty and integrity. She also opened a wonderful world of books for me. Reading was and still is the most enjoyable activity for me.
My aunt’s passion about her career inspired me to enroll at St. Petersburg University to pursue the career of a teacher. After graduation I followed in my aunt’s footsteps and became a teacher. I had been teaching World Literature and English Language at St.Petersburg University in Russia for several years.
Life was not always easy for me. I had both positive and negative experiences while living in Russia for 29 years. The healing process was not easy, and I learned a lot from attempting to heal my own emotional pain.
As a result, I was able to develop my own coping skills to overcome negative experiences. By forgiving, I was able to move on with my life and not allow such feelings as bitterness, hatred and anger control my life. With time I was able to heal and live my life fully and joyfully.
Since moving to the United States 20 years ago, I started working as a group counselor with children at Orangewood, a shelter for abused and neglected children. I also volunteered for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and Laura’s House, the agency that was helping survivors of domestic violence.
Although it is not easy to escape or avoid abuse, I know that it is possible to stop the cycle of violence, heal from trauma and have a joyful and fulfilling life.
After graduating from California State University of Fullerton with a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, I have been providing counseling to couples, men, women, children, adolescents and families.
I worked with teenagers who struggled with drug and alcohol addiction and experienced severe trauma, helping them break destructive behavioral patterns, feel greater self-worth, reconnect with their inner strengths, learn to make healthy choices and rebuild connections with their families.
I have been counseling couples for more than 8 years, during which time I have helped many couples improve the quality of their relationships and rebuild their lives.
As a wife and a mother, I understand how important relationships are to our happiness and overall well-being. I am passionate about helping couples and families heal and restore their relationships. Seeing couples restoring their connection with their loved one seems like a miracle to me every time I work with couples. I feel privileged to be a part of this process.
While I am incredibly honored to be a marriage and family therapist and consider helping people to b my life mission, my other important missions are that of wife and mother. I love spending time with my loved ones – my husband and my son. My other passions are reading, hiking in the nature and travelling.
I believe that my personal life experiences have influenced my decision to select the counseling profession. Having experienced life’s hardships, I have a heart for helping those who are trapped in their emotional problems and experience relationship distress. Even though it is not easy, it is possible to heal from trauma and start enjoying life again.
I have a passion for inspiring people to connect with their inner strengths to experience personal growth, healing and empowerment. The pain of unresolved conflicts and past trauma do not have to affect you forever.
As a licensed marriage and family therapist, I am here to help you work through your struggles one step at a time. I understand that every person is unique. That’s why I take an individualized therapeutic approach and strive to understand your fears, hopes and longings. Let me help you heal your emotional wounds and rediscover love and happiness again.
Don’t be afraid or ashamed to seek help of a professional counselor. You do not have to suffer alone. You owe it to yourself to start feeling better, so call me at Angels Counseling or schedule an appointment online.
Anjelika Layco, MS, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Vancouver, WA 98663
Phone: (360) 518-2964